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  • Gulf Coast by Rob Florence
    Theatre Oxford’s Ten-Minute Play Festival
  • Theatre Oxford's Ten Minute Play Festival
    Theatre Oxford’s Ten-Minute Play Festival

For the past twenty years, Theatre Oxford has been bringing integral dramatic art to Oxford, Mississippi as well as Lafayette County and the University of Mississippi through readings, demonstrations, workshops, and productions. In a city heavily associated with literature and visual arts, Theatre Oxford is dedicated to bringing high-quality stage productions to their community. Their collaborators include theatre professionals and amateurs who are committed to presenting established works for adults and children, as well as developing new works. Theatre Oxford’s annual Ten Minute Play Contest is a force keeping original playwriting at the forefront in the Mississippi Delta.

Founded by Neil White, author of New York Times bestselling memoir IN THE SANCTUARY OF OUTCASTS, the Theatre Oxford Ten Minute Play contest has grown into an international event, receiving submissions from playwrights worldwide. Last year’s Grand Prize Winner, Doc Andersen-Bloomfield, resides in Great Britain. Theatre Oxford accepts submissions year-round and encourages multiple submissions for the contest. The contest deadline is March 1st. A dedicated team of readers reads every submission at least twice, paring them down to five finalists.  In the month of May, the finalists are announced and presented at a dramatic reading.  A team of three judges, who are often professors of theater, chooses the winning submission which receives a grand prize of $1000. In addition, the audience votes on an audience favorite which receives a $100. prize. In the subsequent October, the two winners are produced along with three ten-minute plays from Oxford-area playwrights at the Theatre Oxford Ten Minute Play Festival.

Plans for the future include a young playwrights workshop, drawing from the region’s local students whose work will be part of their Ten Minute Play Festival. Theatre Oxford also plans to provide feedback to submitting playwrights from at least one of their judges.

Theatre Oxford’s Ten Minute Play Contest producer Meaghin Burke is certainly on the same page as the Dramatists Guild, as she practices intellectual property law. About the contest, Meaghin gives all the credit to "a small team of dedicated theatre enthusiasts that has helped this small contest grow into an international event." She also notes that the winners of the Contest frequently make the journey to Oxford to experience all the wonderful arts the city has to offer and see their productions on the main stage.

For the upcoming March 1st deadline, Theatre Oxford is accepting unproduced plays up to ten pages long. The 2018 Annual Ten Minute Play Festival will be presented at Oxford’s Powerhouse Community Arts Center in October. Produced by Theatre Oxford, the 2017 Festival will feature the Grand Prize Winner from Theatre Oxford's National 10 Minute Play Contest, the Audience Award Winner from the Contest, and up to three locally written plays.

For more information, visit: www.theatreoxford.com

gulfcoast@dramatistsguild.com

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